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Have You Heard About... Games Creatures Play

… the ways ghosts, werewolves, and other monsters keep themselves amused? Check out Games Creatures Play, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, to find out!

Have You Heard About... Mind of Winter

… the thing that followed a family home from Russia?

First rule of reading Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke: DO NOT LOOK AT THE LAST PAGE! Thankfully, I managed to avoid the temptation, although I wasn’t sure how one page could theoretically ruin everything. But it’s true. Don’t look at it!

Have You Heard About... Dial H

… the incredible power of some rotary phones? Instead of 9-1-1, Dial H-E-R-O to become a superhero! The power has a few quirks, however. The dialer becomes a random hero — anyone from Boy Chimney to Captain Lachrymose to Baroness Resin — all of his or her powers and weaknesses, down to the costume, but only for a limited time. Also, someone else is after the dial, someone who might not want to use the powers for good.

Have You Heard About... Just Listen

… the rise and fall of popular high school student Annabel Greene? Sarah Dessen’s extremely popular novel, Just Listen, follows Annabel, who is a high school student, a local model, and a pariah at school because of an incident that happened at a party earlier that summer.

Have You Heard About... Dark Places

… the Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas? This horrific event forms the basis for Gillian Flynn’s aptly named second novel, Dark Places.

Have You Heard About... Over the Wall

… the demons who will eat your name and your memory? They live in the city, Over the Wall, in Peter Wartman’s graphic novel. Years ago, demons and humans worked together to build the beautiful city. What happened to change that depends on which side you ask. However, the end result is the demons trapped in the city, with the humans living outside.

Have You Heard About... Carniepunk

… the darker side of carnivals? If you’ve ever wondered whether they actually have a lighter side, Carniepunk is the anthology for you.

Have You Heard About... The Martian

… the debut novel that’s part science fiction, part survival thriller, and 100% amazing? In Andy Weir’s novel, The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars after his crew mistakenly believes him to be dead.

Have You Heard About... Mrs. Poe

… the love affair between Frances Osgood, a struggling female poet, and the mysterious, brooding Edgar Allen Poe? Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen may be a work of historical fiction, but the love affair and other period details make for an astoundingly realistic novel.

Have You Heard About... Man Made Boy

… the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride? Jon Skovron tells his story in Man Made Boy — a teenager who feels even more alienated and out of place than most. Boy grew up in a small haven for monsters, surrounded by creatures of mythology, many of whom looked down on his family for being science-based instead of magical.

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